Sir Nicholas Bonsor

Sir Nicholas Bonsor


  • Sir Nicholas Bonsor was educated at Eton College and Keble College, Oxford. [1]


Sir Nicholas Bonsor is a former Conservative MP and the honorary director of development of the UK climate science denial group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). [2], [3]

Bonsor has also held a number of directorships on the boards of mining and energy companies, including London Mining, a company which developed iron ore mines for the steel industry before it went into administration in 2014. [4], [5]

The company was involved in a major controversy in Greenland where voters feared ministers were surrendering their country’s interests to multinational mining companies. [6]

Bonsor was a director of a shale oil company, TomCo Energy, between 2010 and 2015. The company holds drilling leases in the Green River Shale Formation in the US state of Utah. [7], [8], [9]

A practising barrister, Bonsor was a Conservative MP for Nantwich and Upminster between 1979 and 1997, serving as a minister of state for foreign affairs for the final two years. [1], [2]

He also served as the chairman of the cross-party Commons Select Committee on Defence from 1992 to 1995. [10]

Bonsor is a long-time euro-sceptic, having voted three times against the bill implementing the Maastricht treaty. The treaty created the three-pillar structure of the European Union which integrated the union and led to the creation of the euro. [1]

He supported UKIP leader Nigel Farage in his unsuccessful campaign to unseat Commons Speaker John Bercow in his Buckingham constituency in 2010. [11]

Bonsor inherited the title of baronet and is a Vice President of the Standing Council of the Baronetage, a social network which provides advice to those wishing to prove their succession to a baronetage, according to its website. [12]

In a 1996 article in The Independent, his views on women and family were described as follows: “He believes women should stay at home and rear the children (he has five). His open detestation of ‘screeching and squawking’ feminists is not normally conducive to quick promotion at Westminster.” [1]

Stance on Climate Change

Bonsor is the honorary director of development of the UK’s main climate denier thinktank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation. The group was founded by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson with the purpose of combating what the foundation describes as “extremely damaging and harmful policies” designed to mitigate climate change. The foundation’s “Academic Advisory Council” has been called a “Who’s Who of current climate change sceptics.” [13], [14]

Key Deeds

February, 2018

Bonsor was appointed new honorary director of development of GWPF, according to the foundation’s accounts. His precise role within GWPF has not been detailed. [3]


Social Media

Sir Nicholas Bonsor does not appear to be active on social media.



  1. Colin Brown. “No 10 stands by Clarke’s accuser,” Independent, September 25, 1996. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  2. Sir Nicholas Bonsor,” UK Parliament. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  3. The Global Warming Policy Foundation: Total exemption full accounts made up to 30 September 2017,” Companies House, February 15, 2018. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
  4. Sir Nicholas Bonsor,” Companies House. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  5. Ashley Armstrong. “Ebola-hit London Mining collapses into administration,” Telegraph, October 16, 2014. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  6. Terry Macalister. “Greenland government falls as voters send warning to mining companies,” Guardian, March 15, 2013. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  7. Philip Waller. “TomCo bounces back with shale oil scheme,” Daily Express, May 23, 2011. Archived December 20, 2018. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
  8. Phil Allan. “Ex-minister quits shale developer,” Energy Voice, July 17, 2015. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  9. Company Profile,” TomCo Energy. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  10. Patricia Wynn Davies. “Heathrow: Politicians play down airport chaos: Ministers wary of handing IRA propaganda victory as travellers endure more disruption,” Independent, March 14, 1994. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  11. Elizabeth Grice. “General Election 2010: Nigel Farage and the battle for Buckingham,” Telegraph, May 6, 2010. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  12. Home,” Standing Council of the Baronetage. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  13. Ed Miliband clashes with Lord Lawson on global warming,” BBC News, December 6, 2009. Archived December 20, 2018. URL:
  14. Caroline Davies and Suzanne Goldenberg. “The voices of climate change sceptics,” The Guardian, November 24, 2009. Archived August 17, 2015. Archived December 20, 2018. URL

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